"I was like, “You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better — make better music.” It felt cheap. It didn’t feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?… This is how the world works: He made a brand of music that appealed to more people than me, Hov, Kanye and Kendrick. Whether people wanna say it’s racial, or whether it’s just the fact that he tapped into something we can’t tap into. That’s just how the cards fall. Own your shit."
“To name just Kendrick? That shit made me feel funny. No, in that case, you robbed everybody. We all need text messages!” 

— Drake, in an upcoming Rolling Stone interview, reacting to Macklemore’s apologetic text message to Kendrick Lamar after besting him in the Best Rap Album Grammy. 

"I was like, “You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better — make better music.” It felt cheap. It didn’t feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?… This is how the world works: He made a brand of music that appealed to more people than me, Hov, Kanye and Kendrick. Whether people wanna say it’s racial, or whether it’s just the fact that he tapped into something we can’t tap into. That’s just how the cards fall. Own your shit."

“To name just Kendrick? That shit made me feel funny. No, in that case, you robbed everybody. We all need text messages!” 

— Drake, in an upcoming Rolling Stone interview, reacting to Macklemore’s apologetic text message to Kendrick Lamar after besting him in the Best Rap Album Grammy. 

So the Noah Shebib-helmed posthumous Aaliyah album is now officially scrapped. Noah gave an interview this week where he mentions all the “bad-blood” and “negativity” surrounding Drake’s involvement with the project - proving that as popular as Drake may be, his sphere of fandom may not necessarily overlap as generously with that of Aaliyah’s fan base, or her family’s wishes for that matter. 
Had this remained marketed solely as Noah’s project, blessed by Timbaland, I would imagine it would have seen the light of day but instead, whether intentional or not, it increasingly looked like Drake was taking the reigns and many people saw his lackluster (though still competent) single “Enough Said” as a warning sign of things to come. Having another artist, despite his affinity for the muse, though never actually meeting her in person while she was living, be the creative force behind the album was too much for the decision makers. It’s probably for the best…most posthumous albums turn out quite bad (looking at you MJ’s estate), most demos are just that and never meant to be fleshed out, especially after an artist dies. 
My ultimate opinion is that while Aaliyah remains a constant source of inspiration for disciples of contemporary R&B, any posthumous release just cannot fully express her vision - it’s all “what if’s" at this point…and no artist’s legacy should be muddied for sake of profits. That isn’t to say there isn’t opportunity for creative endeavors (The Beatles 1 album is particularly inspiring as a template for other artists, a mash-up/remixed suite that holds true to the original recordings while breathing fresh and current life into them. ) involving her demos / old recordings, but it should be done with patience and reverence.
We’ll see what happens to Noah’s demos of Aaliyah’s demos in the future…

So the Noah Shebib-helmed posthumous Aaliyah album is now officially scrapped. Noah gave an interview this week where he mentions all the “bad-blood” and “negativity” surrounding Drake’s involvement with the project - proving that as popular as Drake may be, his sphere of fandom may not necessarily overlap as generously with that of Aaliyah’s fan base, or her family’s wishes for that matter. 

Had this remained marketed solely as Noah’s project, blessed by Timbaland, I would imagine it would have seen the light of day but instead, whether intentional or not, it increasingly looked like Drake was taking the reigns and many people saw his lackluster (though still competent) single “Enough Said” as a warning sign of things to come. Having another artist, despite his affinity for the muse, though never actually meeting her in person while she was living, be the creative force behind the album was too much for the decision makers. It’s probably for the best…most posthumous albums turn out quite bad (looking at you MJ’s estate), most demos are just that and never meant to be fleshed out, especially after an artist dies. 

My ultimate opinion is that while Aaliyah remains a constant source of inspiration for disciples of contemporary R&B, any posthumous release just cannot fully express her vision - it’s all “what if’s" at this point…and no artist’s legacy should be muddied for sake of profits. That isn’t to say there isn’t opportunity for creative endeavors (The Beatles 1 album is particularly inspiring as a template for other artists, a mash-up/remixed suite that holds true to the original recordings while breathing fresh and current life into them. ) involving her demos / old recordings, but it should be done with patience and reverence.

We’ll see what happens to Noah’s demos of Aaliyah’s demos in the future…

Part 4, last but not least: Half Star’s 2013 Favorite Albums and EPs round-up. 
Every year, “best of” season comes around and this year I just wanted to post my favorite 40 albums and EPs. Ratings come and go, but these are the releases I kept going back to again and again— 2013 releases that proved memorable, remarkable or just plain got better over time. 
Click the links to see the original ratings and links to hear and buy.
Part 4 of 4:
• CHVRCHES - The Bones Of What You Believe• Dawn Richard - Goldenheart• Washed Out - Paracosm• Inc. - No World• Drake - Nothing Was The Same• Ciara - Ciara• Burial - Rival Dealer EP• Classixx - Hanging Gardens• Jamie Lidell - Jamie Lidell• Kurt Vile - Walkin’ On A Pretty Daze
See Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3. 
and follow our Best of 2013 Spotify playlist. 
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Part 4, last but not least: Half Star’s 2013 Favorite Albums and EPs round-up. 

Every year, “best of” season comes around and this year I just wanted to post my favorite 40 albums and EPs. Ratings come and go, but these are the releases I kept going back to again and again— 2013 releases that proved memorable, remarkable or just plain got better over time. 

Click the links to see the original ratings and links to hear and buy.

Part 4 of 4:

• CHVRCHES - The Bones Of What You Believe
• Dawn Richard - Goldenheart
• Washed Out - Paracosm
• Inc. - No World
• Drake - Nothing Was The Same
• Ciara - Ciara
• Burial - Rival Dealer EP
• Classixx - Hanging Gardens
• Jamie Lidell - Jamie Lidell
• Kurt Vile - Walkin’ On A Pretty Daze

See Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3

and follow our Best of 2013 Spotify playlist

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follow Half Star on Facebook & Twitter